OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
I believe that everyone across our county should have the opportunity to be healthy, to build wealth, and to be safe. Together, we can make Washtenaw County a land of opportunity for all.
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I am honored to have the support of so many elected officials and community leaders! I will continue working tirelessly to earn your support as well.
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Interviews & news
I sat down for an interview with Heart to Hearts with Nate Frazier on July 18, 2020, to discuss my work in our community and my plans as your next Washtenaw County Commissioner.
In this video, I answer the following questions from the organization "Ypsi Can I Share?" as part of their voter empowerment series:
What is your personal passion?
How do you connect with and learn from people who have been excluded from the electoral process?
If elected, how will the community know that you are representing our needs?
The League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor Area held a candidate forum for my race on June 22, 2020. This video playlist contains my opening statement, my answers to all of their questions, and my closing statement. Each video in the playlist will play automatically.
On May 20, 2020, I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Trische' Duckworth, the
Executive Director of Survivors Speak. Tune in for a discussion about how we can work together to make our communities safer and healthier.
I sat down for an interview with Alex Thomas on May 3, 2020 to discuss the issues facing our county and my plans for addressing them. Tune in for a wide-ranging discussion on topics including social determinants of health, economic inequality, and access to vital services.
According to the Equality of Opportunity Study in 2015, growing up in Washtenaw County could hurt children's future earning potential. This is why I have been advocating for a countywide Children’s Savings Accounts program.
Children’s Savings Accounts are asset development tools that can be used as a catalyst for upward economic mobility. My colleagues and I had the opportunity to present our proposal to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on March 9, 2020 about this important issue.
February 20, 2020
Social work professor to run for Washtenaw County commissioner
YPSILANTI TWP., MI -- Justin Hodge, a social work professor and Washtenaw County Democratic Party activist, announced Thursday he’s launching a campaign for Washtenaw County commissioner, his campaign said Thursday.
December 4, 2019
U-M students wrap semester-long project in Sugarbrook neighborhood with holiday party
A University of Michigan (U-M) social work class' semester-long project focused on community engagement in Ypsilanti Township's Sugarbrook neighborhood will culminate in a holiday party Dec. 7. The event will include free gifts for children, gift cards for families, and an opportunity for residents to get to know each other better.
December 4, 2019
University of Michigan students, Habitat for Humanity increase resident engagement in Ypsilanti neighborhood
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A class of students from the University of Michigan School of Social Work has joined Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley and the residents of Ypsilanti’s Sugarbrook neighborhood to promote community change and development.